The case of a young girl strip searched by Carnival Cruise employees is expected to reach the jury early this week.
The case involves allegations that over-zealous Carnival officers strip searched a 17 year old passenger suspected of possessing pot while aboard the Sensation cruise ship.
The search allegedly included a cavity inspection and the girl was told to remove her tampon in front of two male ship officers.
Carnival usually does not comment on pending litigation but went out of its way to tell newspapers that the claims were "far-fetched" and to basically call the girl a liar.
We have written a couple of articles about the outrageous allegations in the case:
The jury's verdict, pro or con, will come at a particularly bad time for the cruise line. The media has Carnival under a microscope with fires and engine problems plaguing the Carnival Triumph, Dream, Legend and Elation over the past two months and revelations that Carnival does not pay U.S. taxes or reimburse the U.S. for the services of federal agencies such as the U.S. Coast Guard.
The jury trial, which began last week, is before U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum down here in South Florida.
We will report on the verdict as soon as it is announced.
March 18 2013 Update: Defense verdict for Carnival. The case was defended by Miami defense lawyers Curtis Mase and Lauren DeFabio. We will update this once we obtain a copy of the verdict form and obtain additional information..
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